Church, World and the Christian Life

Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology

by Nicholas M. Healy;


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Church, World and the Christian Life

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This book, first published in 2000, argues that modern ecclesiology exhibits two unfortunate tendencies: it describes the church in ideal terms, rather than directly addressing the problems of its everyday, sinful activity; and it undermines the distinctiveness of the church and its way of life. The book analyzes the impact of pluralism and inclusivism upon ecclesiology, and draws upon Balthasar's theodramatic theory, MacIntyre's theory of traditional inquiry, postmodern critiques of humanism, and postmodern ethnography to develop a more flexible and concrete ecclesiology that can better address the practical and pastoral needs of the church. This alternative ecclesiology strongly affirms the need for the church to debate with those who challenge its claims and their embodiment, both from within and externally. The book concludes by discussing how the church may construct its own theological forms of historical, sociological and ethnographic analysis of both the church and society.

Church, World and the Christian Life by Nicholas M. Healy was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in December 2009. The ISBN for Church, World and the Christian Life is 9780511605857.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (December 2009)
ISBN9780511605857
ISBN-100511605854
Product Code4491750
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